Why Can LeBron James Shoot Three-Pointers All Of A Sudden?

LeBron Contested On Balance

In 2010-2011, LeBron James connected on 33.0% of his three-point attempts. In 2011-2012, that number jumped to 36.2%. This past regular season, it surged to 40.6%. In his recent piece on Grantland, Kirk Goldsberry attributed LeBron's improvement (both in three-point field goal percentage and field … [Read more...]

Knicks-Pacers Game 1: Was Carmelo Anthony the victim of uncalled fouls?

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It's become something of a common refrain among Knicks fans that Carmelo Anthony "never gets any calls." (Full disclosure: I am a Knicks fan, though I do not belong to this particular sect of fandom.) The story goes that the ratio of contact taken to fouls drawn for Carmelo is very high, and that he … [Read more...]

Inside the Knicks Offense

Knicks Offense

This is Part Two of a deconstruction of the Knicks' offense in their series against the Boston Celtics. In Part One at Hardwood Paroxysm, we covered just what has happened to the offense from an overarching statistical perspective. Here, we're diving into exactly how and why it has happened with the … [Read more...]

Nuggets Use Clever Misdirection for Corner 3

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The Denver Nuggets lost to the Golden State Warriors last night, but that doesn't mean there wasn't anything worth noticing on Denver's side of the court. First of all, Ty Lawson was marvelous in scoring 35 points on 50 percent shooting and dishing out 10 assists. Second of all, one of those assists … [Read more...]

Playoff Capsule: Denver Nuggets

The Denver Nuggets are borderline monomaniacal in their pursuit of shots at the rim. For the fourth time in George Karl's eight seasons as head coach, the Nuggets led the league in field goal attempts in the restricted area. The gap between Denver (3316 attempts, or 40.43 per game) and the team with … [Read more...]

Playoff Capsule: Chicago Bulls

Caleb Nordgren is a proud Chicagoan, a journalism student at Michigan State University, the editor of Pippen Ain't Easy, a reporter for The State News and an avid Twitterer. He should probably get a life, one of these days. - Ed. The 2012-13 Chicago Bulls are a strange team. I don't really get … [Read more...]

Pinpoint Indiana Execution, Bad Clipper Rotations Lead to Pacers Victory

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The Indiana Pacers are not exactly known for their offense. While they sport the stingiest defensive unit in the league, Frank Vogel's team ranks just 18th overall in offensive efficiency at 102.0 points per 100 possessions, per NBA.com. Over the last month or so, however, that number has taken a … [Read more...]

The Quiet All-Around Brilliance of Al Horford

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Al Horford plays for the Atlanta Hawks, so he doesn't get nearly as much attention as he should. Horford plays on the same front line as Josh Smith, himself a wrecking ball of energy and athleticism wrapped in an enigma, so he is, to many, arguably not even the most interesting player on his own … [Read more...]

Marc Gasol Has a Full Bag of Tricks

Few NBA players own a piece of real estate on the court quite like Marc Gasol owns the elbows. Gasol has long been one of the league's smoothest operators from that natural pivot point, but since the Grizzlies traded Rudy Gay in late January, Gasol has taken his game to a new level (15.8 points, 8.1 … [Read more...]

Nash, Kobe, Dwight Outfox Chicago With 1-2 P&R

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Before the season even started, we discussed how the Lakers could get Kobe Bryant shots and keep him fresh at the same time by working him off the ball more often. Circumstances--Steve Nash's early-season injury, Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol's recurring injury problems, Mike Brown's firing, Mike … [Read more...]

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